Getting Perfect Exposure and Colors Everytime

Tom Antos does an excellent job in explaining how to get perfect exposure and colors when you are shooting!

He covers using: Grey Card, Zebra, Waveform, White Balance, Exposure and Color Adjustments in Premiere.

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Fujinon Cine Mk50-136 vs Tokina Cine 50-135

I like a well-done lens, camera, light shootout. I like them especially when they aren’t done in a way of saying one piece of equipment is better or inferior to the other because all production equipment has strengths and weaknesses.

Doing camera and lens tests also gives great insight into how you develop the look and feel of your film. And, let’s face it, watching a well-done comparison also saves you a heck of a lot of time because you don’t have to do it yourself! 😉

Shane Hurlbut has done a nice comparison on the Fujinon Cine Mk50-136 and Tokina Cine 50-135. I’ve been a member of his inner circle since he started it up a few years ago. Since I got in at the beginning I pay about $ 7.95 per month. It’s the best education for that money that I have access to.

Here’s a feel for what you get on that membership:

And here’s an article from NoFilmSchool.Com:


Fujinon MK50-135mm @ B&H – $ 3,999.00

Tokina Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 & B&H – $ 3,299.00


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The Great Resolution Debate…

Testing really tells you the truth about 3,4,6,11K resolution.

The best image is not always the camera with the highest pixel resolution.

The post production pipe-line is just as important after a certain resolution.

Steve Yedlin, ASC, provides a two part education on camera resolution – does it matter?

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Writing 101 – A Great Intro

I love those Film Riot guys, really, I do! Do you have someone looking to be a writer and they don’t know where to start? Well, here’s a great intro to Film Riot’s Writing 101. In this short video you’ll get a lot of ideas on where to start learning more about writing and the basics of writing.

Here’s the link to the video:

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Free Editing Tools – Avid Media Composer | First

I’ve been a Premiere user for years because when I started it was what I thought was the best "PC" based editing tool that I could get my hands on.

And then a few years ago Apple screwed the pooch by updating Final Cut Pro for mass appeal while pissing off real editors. That pushed the market to Premiere and editors learned that Premiere is pretty damn good.

The integration of Premiere with After Effects, Audition, Photoshop make it even better.

However, over the last few years Free editing tools have been coming on strong.

For example I think the best Free editing and coloring tool out there is Black Magic’s Davinci Resolve (

The other big time editing tool is Avid Media Composer
Well, now Avid has release a free version of Media Composer, called Media Composer | First.

Media Composer | First has limitations compared to the full version. BUT, if you are wanting to learn Composer so you can get editing jobs that require Composer – here’s your chance.

Here’s the link to the free version –

HOWEVER – I’m sticking with my $49 dollar subscription to the Adobe Suite – all the tools are worth the price of admission…

But if you can’t afford $50 bucks there’s plenty of free tools you can use to create your work of art!

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Recording Levels 101

In the world of film making some say that it is better to get great audio that getting good images? After a bit of thinking I agree with that opinion. Think about it – you’re in the theater watching an incredibly well shot film – cinematic images with immersive lighting and set designs. And then you hear horrible dialogue, noise cutting in and out, distorted foley. You’re brain explodes and you start looking at your smart phone.

Caleb Pike over at DSLR Video Shooter is starting a series on audio recording on a budget. His first video goes into audio levels for videos.

Good review for veterans and a great start for newbies…

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Audio Mechanic in Premiere Pro

The latest version of Premiere Pro has brought Audition tools inside Premiere so you can do some pretty good mechanic’ing of your audio without leaving Premiere.

Here’s a video that walks you through the process:

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